Band arrested after blocking LA freeway to perform

LOS ANGELES

California Highway Patrol spokesman Rick Quintero says a big box van decorated with the Imperial Stars' logo stopped on the southbound U.S. 101 near Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday morning, blocking four of the five lanes. The driver took the keys and fled in another car, then three musicians climbed on top of the van and began to perform.

Quintero says they were arrested but the heavy truck remains in the lanes, causing a mile-long traffic jam.

Quintero says a tow truck will be brought in, and the musicians could face charges of obstructing traffic. He says he does not know how long the group played.

The group, whose credits include "Traffic Jam 101," says on its website it is dedicated to helping homeless children.

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